September 5, 2013 |
"You don't want to wake up, do you?" That's what you hear Scarlett Johansson whisper at the start of a new trailer for "Under the Skin," the provocative alien-on-Earth drama from director Jonathan Glazer ("Birth," "Sexy Beast") that premiered at last weekend's Telluride Film Festival before heading to the Venice Film Festival. As the preview makes clear, "Under the Skin" is a visually arresting movie filled with stunning images, including Johansson wearing very few clothes.
July 24, 2011 |
Imagine having the fountain of youth as close at hand as the bathroom. We're not there yet — but there's a burgeoning number of at-home, high-tech beauty gadgets that claim to smooth wrinkles, whiten teeth and remove hair without the need to invest in pricey beauty treatments at the spa, dermatologist or plastic surgeon's office. Some of these gadgets are so high-tech the Food and Drug Administration considers them medical devices, so approach the world of cosmetic gadgetry with caution.
August 2, 2010 |
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
November 18, 2009 |
Thanksgiving is a holiday built on tradition. And, much to my surprise, I seem to have found a new one of my own -- writing about dry-brined turkey. After more than 20 years of Thanksgiving stories, I didn't think there was much left that could be said about turkey. But three years ago I wrote about a new technique I'd fallen in love with. And judging from the hundreds of happy e-mails I received, readers shared that affection. I tweaked it a bit last year, to similar reaction, and now here I am writing about it again, with even more improvements.
October 30, 2009 |
There is a pivotal scene in "Skin," a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story plucked out of the mess of South Africa's apartheid, when young Sandra Laing's father shouts the good news to the family -- "She's white again." Surreal and ironic, the moment captures the sensibility of this ambitious if sometimes uneven indie film with its eye always on the larger issues of race to be found within one unusual life. Those three simple words turn out to be anything but good news for the dark-skinned Sandy, who was classified white at birth, then reclassified "colored" (mixed race)
August 16, 2012
A smash hit on its recent release in China, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" offers an over-the-top mix of fantasy, adventure and romance that plays as a fussy, convoluted mess. In an ancient world in which spirit demons roam the earth, the spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou), searching for a chance to become more human, finds herself matching wits with Princess Jing (Wei Zhao), who is on the run from threats against her, as the two both seek love on their own terms for their own ends. The film, a sequel to 2008's "Painted Skin," is directed by Wuershan, who also made the recent "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.